Conducting one-on-one meetings with your direct reports is a major responsibility for any manager. Here’s how to use these meetings to foster collaboration, creativity, and better performance for you and your employees.
Innovation: Just do it Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg
Innovation isn’t just a way of thinking, but a way of doing things, says Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, who highlights six practical steps to bring only the best new ideas to life.
Recommendation: Daily 10 minutes of Meditation
Talk by Thomas Lah, executive director of the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA), on the topic of "How Technology and Big Data Are Reinventing the Customer-Supplier Relationship"
B4B: The Next Generation of Technology-Fueled, Data-Driven Operating Models - J.B. Wood
In this keynote, TSIA CEO J.B. Wood discusses the root causes of the current impasse that often stalls customer spending. He also unveils a completely new framework that helps companies better align how they operate with how their customers achieve outcomes by enabling service organizations to transition their value proposition from being product-focused to customer outcome-focused in order to defend, protect, and grow their revenue. With services as an essential pillar, it's time for tech suppliers and their customers to rethink their partnerships. The rise of B4B will help reorient a maturing tech industry for a new phase of growth.
Set fires under people. Get them excited about their job, a new project, or simply a plan for the future. Again, bear in mind that you are not promoting your plan, but rather an idea that seems disconnected from you. There will be no obvious upside for you, and because of this your credibility will be greater.
Demonstrate by doing. Don't be a do-nothing leader; be a colleague who acts instead of just talks. Through your actions, allow others to see what success looks like.
Take joy in the success of others. Redefine success so that it does not entail a slap on the back for yourself, but rather the satisfaction of knowing deep inside that you accomplished an important goal by empowering others to do their best. This is not entirely altruistic behavior; you will be creating the type of world in which you wish to live, and people will eventually form a subconscious sense that everything works better when you are around.
Allow things time to happen. Change takes time. Just because an idea enters your head does not mean that others will react immediately, especially if you are trying to effect change without taking credit. Be persistent but patient.
Remember this: the higher you are in the chain of command, the greater the impact you can have by sharing credit, or giving it away entirely.